Icona Wanna Do This All Night

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It was about a year ago that we were graced with the number 1 party song in the history of the world (perhaps an exaggeration), “I Love It”. You know, that song that everyone knows, but no one can tell you who sings it…

Well, it’s Icona Pop; and in all their majestic glory they’ve decided to give our unworthy souls yet another hair-in-the-wind-we-don’t-give-a-fuck-party-it-up pop song. If you’ve gotten a chance to listen to their EP Iconic, you’ll have noticed that none of those songs have really matched up to the level of “I Love It”. But their new single “All Night” blows them all out of the water. I can’t say it surpasses “I Love It”, but it sure as hell is one to add to the long list of breathtaking summer pop songs that have been released thus far. After the third listen, you’ll find yourself shaking that booty around your room, singing along at the top of your lungs, and wishing there was a signature dance to accompany this song – or maybe that’s just me.

Either way, listen below and get hooked; because I’M DOING THIS ALL NIGHT.

 

P.S.- I was scratching my head on how to insert the soundcloud player into this post. But when I went on the soundcloud website I found out they have a specific WordPress code, and I got super-freaking-pumped! Ahh, the little things in life 🙂

Why Do You Rub Me Up The Wrong Way?

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And in a completely nonsexual type of way, I will leave this right here:

What can I say about this? Well, it sure was no “Try”; but beating that video is nearly impossible at this point. I must say though, my favorite part was Lily Allen…or Lily Rose Copper; whatever the hell she’s going by these days. Makes you wonder when she will start recording again. The music world misses you Lily!

Living Without You Is Like TV In Black & White

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Once again, Lana Del Rey proves that she can do no wrong. Two days ago an unreleased track called “TV in Black and White” leaked on the internet, and it’s everything Lana and more. Check it out here:

Luckily I was able to snag an mp3 of this song before it was removed from the easily accessible corners of the internet, so I can listen to it ALL THE TIME…which is exactly what I have been doing the past 48 hours. There’s always that one person that you just don’t feel complete without, and that’s what this song reminds me of (not like I need much reminding…).

It’s really a shame that it took me so long to realize the genius that is Lana Del Rey. Last summer I was introduced to her by her song “National Anthem”, which was one of the greatest music finds of last summer (trust me, there were many). However, other than that her other songs didn’t really appeal much too me. I guess you can say I hopped on the Lana bandwagon with everyone else after she released her song “Young & Beautiful” off the Great Gatsby soundtrack. It was then that I decided to give her music a second look, and it was certainly a great decision. Kristen Wiig’s impersonation of Lana on SNL described her perfectly when she said she was “…stiff, distant, and weird,” and that’s what I thought of her when I first listened to “Video Games”. But once you indulge yourself into the rest of the Born to Die album, you realize just how perfect her weirdness is, and how it’s complimented by pure genius.

So maybe it took me a about a year to finally fall into the arms of Lana Del Rey, but it’s something I will never regret. Her music almost defines my life, and when you listen to her songs it’s as if she’s singing directly to you.

I will say this again; Lana Del Rey can do no wrong. Indulge my friends.

Battle of the Disney Pop Princesses

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Like I said before, June 3rd is a big day; and it sure has been a big day for the Disney pop princesses: Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and Demi Lovato. Let’s flashback a couple weeks, when Miley Cyrus took the stage at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards for the sole purpose of announcing her latest single ‘We Can’t Stop’. She walked up there and owned that crowd with her new BAMF look, over confidence, and snarky attitude towards Justin Bieber. It was the perfect amount of sass to come from a Disney star looking to transition into the adult career that she so desperately desires.

With big talk, you need to have the goods to back it up; and that’s what June 3rd was all about. It was much anticipated by Miley fans all around the world as she dropped her new single, ‘We Can’t Stop’, from her upcoming album. Check it out on her Vevo here:

I can’t say that it’s what I had expected  from Miley’s first single in this transition in her career. She’s spent months changing her appearance to a more exotic pop singer that reminds us slightly of P!nk, and weeks hyping up her new single to millions of fans on the Billboard Music Awards and social media. Although I said it’s not necessarily what I had expected, I must say that I am pleased how it’s turned out. It wasn’t one of those instantly-fall-in-love songs, but those are a rarity anyways. Nonetheless, after a few playbacks on repeat I was at that “hooked” stage. Miley’s ‘We Can’t Stop’ is a concoction of ‘Party in the USA’ with the elements of ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ in a manner that goes beyond her typical PG and PG-13 persona. It wasn’t the over-the-top, ratchet release that I was hoping would put here over the ledge; but it’s absolutely the step in the right direction.

Only a few hours after it’s release, ‘We Can’t Stop’ hit #1 on the iTunes charts; ahead of both ‘Heart Attack’ and ‘Come & Get It’, as well Daft Punk’s phenomenal ‘Get Lucky’. So far, it’s been a pretty good day for the young pop princess Miley, and a lot is due to her clever tactics. Let’s evaluate: Miley hyped up this single for weeks on social media, and events like the Billboard Music Awards. On the day of the release, the song was practically available instantly after the radio premiere on both Vevo and iTunes. Pop stars, take notes…that is how you release a single. It allowed for Miley fans to spam those available media all over the internet, and is probably one of the main reason why the song has been so successful on it’s first day. But how long will that success last for Miley? Who knows; but she better have something spectacular planned for her upcoming album to knock it out the park. As much as I love ‘We Can’t Stop’, if that song defines the album I will be rather disappointed. So maybe it wasn’t the best lead single to come from the young star, but it sure as hell makes the perfect summer song. Perhaps that’s what she was going for…

So where does that leave our two other young stars? Well, on the same day that Miley’s ‘We Can’t Stop’ surpassed ‘Come & Get It’ on the iTunes charts, Selena released the audio for her upcoming single ‘Slow Down’ on her Vevo.

Coincidence?…I think not. Selena was the last on my list of the Disney stars, because I will never understand how such a mediocre song like ‘Come & Get It’ has become her biggest hit to date. But the Cataracs’ production of ‘Slow Down’ has the potential of pushing her up to that top spot in anticipation of her upcoming album. And I must say, I love her rendition of “ITTTTTT’S THE CATARACS” that was practically owned not too long ago by the biggest flop in the pop industry in the last decade, Dev. Could Selena be the new Dev? She seems to be going in that direction of electronic dance and dubstep that is the Cataracs, while Miley heads more to the hip-hop side of pop.

So where does that leave the beautiful Demi? Demi’s album is absolutely phenomenal, but unfortunately there’s nothing to compare it to yet since both Miley and Selena haven’t released their albums yet. However, what I can say is that Demi’s album has so much potential. She’s announced her second single from her latest album to be ‘Made in the USA’, which happens to be my least favorite song on the album. But after some deliberation with a friend of mine, I’ve come to the conclusion that ‘Made in the USA’ is another perfect summer song, and thus a wise move for her to release it. Although I had really hoped ‘Really Don’t Care’ would be her next single, trying to top ‘Heart Attack’ could potentially be a disaster in itself. If Demi wants a chance to fight for the top, she’ll have choose carefully the order in which she releases her next few singles after ‘Made in the USA’. And I better get ‘Really Don’t Care’ as a single eventually, or so help me God…

So there you have it, the three Disney pop princesses fighting their way to the top. It’s going to be an interesting battle, considering that all three of them have done extremely well for themselves as of lately; but in the end only one of them can come out on top. Who will it be?